ON THE CHEAP. A morning of snowboarding and skiing ends at the Peak 9 Restaurant. Sometimes we purchase a few items, but mostly eat what we carry up in backpacks and store in lockers until lunchtime. The lower level of the two-story restaurant is for those who, like us, sack it rather than pay through the nose for food on the mountain.
RIDING PEAK 7. After lunch we hit the slopes again, a bit less aggressively than in the morning. On Wednesday, however, we rode the Peak 7 runs quite briskly all afternoon. Peak 7 at Breckenridge is the newest area for boarding and skiing. It is a tree-filled, gently rolling terrain. The runs are wide with lots of mounds and access to riding among trees; great for boarding, especially. But it's still a bit difficult for skiers and boarders to get to; it can require a bit of walking. But the bit of pain is worth the gain of enjoying the best terrain at Breck. A Peak 7 station on the new "Breck Connect" gondola is being developed and is scheduled to open in 2008. It will make Peak 7 an easy access ski area.
Photo: Molly stands at the racks of skis and snowboards outside Peak 9 Restaurant at Breckenridge. This is our tenth year in a row at Breck during Spring Break. Molly was six when we made our first visit to this mountain.